Director, Learning Strategies



Director, Learning Strategies

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA



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Job Description:

Philanthropy Northwest is the regional network of foundations, corporations, collectives and individuals dedicated to cross-sector collaboration to build resilient, equitable and inclusive communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. For more information visit


  • We elevate the field of philanthropy by identifying opportunities, taking smart risks, challenging our assumptions, experimenting creatively, listening actively, engaging in deep conversations and learning through action and reflection.
  • Strong relationships power our work at every level; we build them with care and nurture them attentively.
  • We embrace and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in our community and continuously seek to bring new perspectives into our organization and our networks.
  • We are a learning organization that invests in supporting the ongoing growth of our individuals, our team and our community.
  • We value high quality work that is grounded in deep mutual respect, healthy work/life balance, clear communication, humor and joy.


We seek an energetic and strategic leader to steward the learning strategies for Philanthropy Northwest’s member and partner network. Using The Learning Network’s platform as a regional learning community, which provides opportunities for community investors to connect, learn, build capacity, and grow, the successful candidate will work across our organization and our network to develop and manage innovative learning experiences that are relevant and provide value and thought partnership to our members.
The position will oversee the strategy, design and implementation of new and existing programs and experiences that meet the learning, networking and capacity building needs of a broad spectrum of grant makers in the Pacific Northwest. The position will work across the organization to ensure cross-collaboration and integration with member engagement and The Giving Practice, Philanthropy Northwest’s national consulting firm. The position will supervise, coach, and lead The Learning Network team, and develop and manage annual budgets.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about building capacity in the philanthropic field, adaptive and collaborative with an understanding of adult learning practices, and has a high-level ability to balance program strategy and implementation. Philanthropy experience is a plus. This position reports to the CEO.


  • Develop strategy for The Learning Network, in partnership with the program and membership teams, that is aligned with Philanthropy Northwest’s strategic framework and meets the learning, networking and capacity building needs of Philanthropy Northwest’s members.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of new and existing programs to meet the most relevant and in-demand professional skills of emerging and established leaders.
  • Facilitate programming and activities for Philanthropy Northwest members and partners.
  • Oversee the management of formal, structured peer learning experiences – at scale.
  • Co-lead strategies around member engagement to develop relevant and place-based programming for funders. 
  • Oversee Philanthropy Northwest’s Annual Conference and partner with program staff on development, design and implementation.
  • Oversee implementation of program evaluation to measure impact and continually improve and adapt programs.
  • Collaborate and partner with The Giving Practice, and utilize their expertise in facilitation with programming.
  • Connect and support members of our network as they engage peers and cross-sector organizations around issues that have broad appeal.
  • Lead and manage The Learning Network team, and supervise and coach individual team members.
  • Develop and manage the budget for learning programs, which generate revenue for the enterprise.
  • Participate in activities and strategy around the advancement campaign and ongoing fundraising efforts to generate resources for programming and the enterprise.
  • Travel throughout the region to meet Philanthropy Northwest members and partners, and lead programming.
  • Liaise between Philanthropy Northwest’s senior leadership team and The Learning Network team to ensure alignment.


  • Strategic thinker, finds connections to bigger picture and drives valuable experiences and conversations with members.
  • Knowledge of and experience in delivering current adult learning principles and practices.
  • Superior facilitation skills and experience in developing and delivering learning and development curriculums.
  • Expertise in leading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs, and deep understanding in issues of racial equity and social justice.
  • Proven experience as an adaptive and collaborative leader, willing to take on new projects and support initiatives that build an enterprise.
  • A sense-maker: able to perceive emerging industry trends and translate them into content and/or experiences for members.
  • Experience with building trust and buy-in across all levels of an enterprise.
  • Passionate about people; demonstrated relationship management experience, strong networking and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience and interest in supervising and coaching employees.
  • Team-player – willing to both lead and be led, motivated to contribute to other’s success.
  • Self-motivated and results oriented.
  • Significant demonstrated project management experience, excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Inquisitive, flexible with entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • A passion for learning and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrates solid judgment and problem-solving skills with proven attention to detail, accuracy and quality.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in a professional setting. Direct experience in philanthropy and/or nonprofits a plus.


The annual compensation for this full-time (40 hours/week) position includes medical-vision-dental coverage, short and long term disability, Flex-Plan, 6% of salary contribution to retirement, vacation and sick time, flexible work schedule, and professional development. Salary range is $80,000 – $100,000.


Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating 1) why you would be a good fit, 2) your salary requirement, and 3) what value you would bring to Philanthropy Northwest, to including YOUR NAME + “Director, Learning Strategies” in the subject line. This position will remain open until we find our ideal candidate. We’ll ask for references if you make it to the final round.

Philanthropy Northwest is an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage candidates of color and other underrepresented groups to apply. We value and encourage a culture of diversity and celebrate our employees’ multiple identities, including age, race and ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and veteran status.
Philanthropy Northwest
2101 Fourth Ave. Suite 650
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206-443-8430

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